The Parliament shall convene in session every year. Sessions shall be held in Stockholm, unless otherwise decided by the Parliament, or by the Speaker, having regard to the safety or liberty of Parliament.
The Parliament shall designate a Speaker and a First, Second, and Third Deputy Speaker from among its members for each electoral period.
(1) The Government and every member of the Parliament is entitled, in accordance with more detailed provisions in the Parliament Act, to introduce proposals on any matter which comes within the jurisdiction of the Parliament unless otherwise provided in the present Instrument of Government.
(2) The Parliament elects committees from among its members, in accordance with provisions laid down in the Parliament Act; among them a Committee on the Constitution, a Committee on Finance and a Committee on Taxation. Any matter raised by the Government or by a member of the Parliament shall be considered by a committee before being finally decided upon, unless otherwise provided in the present Instrument of Government.
When a matter is raised for decision in the Chamber, each member of the Parliament and each member of the Government is entitled to state his opinion in accordance with the more detailed provisions laid down in the Parliament Act. Provisions concerning grounds for disqualification are contained in the Parliament Act.
When a vote is taken in the Parliament, the opinion in which more than half of those present and voting concur shall constitute the decision of the Parliament, unless otherwise specifically provided in the present Instrument of Government or, in the case of matters relating to Parliament procedure, in a main provision of the Parliament Act. Provisions regarding the procedure to be followed in the case of a tied vote are laid down in the Parliament Act.
Any member of the Parliament and any alternate for such a member may fulfil his mandate as a member notwithstanding any official duty or other similar obligation which may be incumbent upon him.
(1) No member of the Parliament or alternate for such a member may resign his mandate without the Parliament's consent.
(2) When grounds exist, the Election Review Committee shall examine on its own initiative whether a particular member or alternate is competent under the provisions of Chapter 3, Article 10. Any person declared incompetent is relieved of his mandate thereby.
(3) A member or alternate member may be relieved of his mandate in cases other than those referred to in Paragraph (2) only if, by reason of a criminal act, he has proved himself manifestly unfit for the position. Any decision to this effect shall be taken by a court of law.
(1) No one may bring an action against any person who holds a mandate, or has held a mandate, as a member of theParliament, deprive him of his liberty, or prevent him from travelling within the country, on account of his actions or statements in the fulfillment of his mandate, unless the Parliament has given its consent by means of a decision in which no fewer than five sixths of those present and voting have concurred.
(2) If, in any other case, a member of the Parliament is suspected of having committed a criminal act, the relevant provisions of law relating to arrest, detention or remand are applicable only if he admits guilt or was caught in the act, or if the minimum penalty for the crime is not less than two years' imprisonment
(1) While a member of the Parliament is acting as Speaker of the Parliament or is a member of the Government, his mandate as a member of the Parliament shall be exercised by an alternate member. The Parliament may prescribe in the Parliament Act that an alternate member shall replace a member of the Parliament while the latter is on leave of absence.
(2) The provisions of this chapter, Article 6 and 8 (1) regarding protection with respect to the exercise of a mandate as a member of the Parliament apply in like manner to the Speaker and his mandate.
(3) The provisions relating to a member of the Parliament shall apply also to an alternate exercising a mandate as member.
Additional provisions concerning the business of the Parliament are laid down in the Parliament Act.